Butler University Joins Fight Against Indiana's Gay-Marriage Ban
In taking a public stance on the hot-button topic, Butler’s president joins a group of leaders across a spectrum of industries and entities who have denounced HJR-6.
“I feel like I might be the most blessed person in the city of Indianapolis,” says Jim Peal, strength coach for Butler University. Peal was diagnosed with colon cancer last month, but after undergoing surgery on Feb. 4, he is now cancer-free. The surgery went “fantastic,” and Peal says he will not need to have any further treatment. Peal had an early form of colon cancer, and the surgeons were able to remove it all.
If ever there were a time to be strong, Jim Peal is facing it. On Jan. 29, the Butler strength coach announced that he has colon cancer, and the groundswell of online support was almost immediate. In addition to expressing encouragement on Twitter, people have been posting on the Facebook page “I Have Coach Peal’s Back,” which already has more than 800 likes. The creators of the page will compile the messages into a booklet to give to Peal, and they’re considering “PealStrong” wristbands and T-shirts.
Butler University’s men’s basketball team has permeated NCAA hoops news this season already, with splashy victories over then-No. 9 North Carolina and then-No. 1 Indiana. While the success of Brad Stevens & Co. is grand recently, the same can be said of a certain four-legged aspect of the squad.